Everything you should be reading before taking part in the 2012 Bupa Great North Run, including half-marathon training advice, race-day tips and essential event guide
If you're one of the 55,000+ runners gearing up to pound the streets of Newcastle on September 16 then this page is just for you!
From nipping race-morning nerves in the bud, to trouble-free transport to supporter hotspots, we've pulled together a feast of articles for you to pore over for the next few days...
Beginner, elite, veteran or fundraiser – these two articles will equip you with the technical know-how to run your first (or fastest) half:
Two weeks out from the big day, you should be thinking about easing up your training, allowing your mind and body time to recover from months of hard work. Cast your eyes over our half-marathon taper guide (non-subscriber preview) for advice on adapting your schedule, tweaking your diet and boosting your mental strength before the race.
ASICS Half-Marathon Training
This year's half-marathon and live web chats were kindly supported by ASICS. Coach Bud Baldaro provided race-ready advice
, and offered a training check
for your target pace while ASICS PRO Team members Ruth McKean and Sarah Connors covered half-marathon nutrition
. And check out how our five half-marathon competition winners
have risen to the challenge of training for the GNR.
Predict your pace
Type in your target time
, and we'll calculate the mile or kilometre splits you'll need to hit along the way. Print it out and pop it on your wrist on race-day; print out another and give it to your supporters so they'll know when and where to spot you.
The Big Day
Bookmark these essential event guides to help your day run like clockwork...
- Great North Run Guide
Cruise through the race with our expert tips and insider info on how to tackle this Sunday's Great North Run.
- Top 10 Facts
Swot up on 10 of the most mind-boggling facts about the world's biggest half-marathon.
- Race Route
A no-nonsense mile-by-mile guide, leading you from the famous Tyne Bridge to the deafening crowds at South Shields.
- Survivor's Guide
Crowds, Geordies, beer en route – brace yourself for one racing experience you definitely won't forget in a hurry.
- Great North Run 2011 Race Report
Our intrepid reporter might be a biased Geordie, but at the 2011 GNR he discovered he's not the only one who loves this great race.
- The 2011 Great North Run in pictures
Whet your appetite with our selection of memorable snaps from the 2011 race.
- Spectator's Guide
Make sure your support crew have a memorable experience too with this handy guide to sneaking the best views, soaking up the atmosphere and escaping the bedlam afterwards.
- A Great North Weekend
Make sure your Great North Run weekend runs like clockwork by following our guide to getting the most out of your stay in Newcastle.
- 2011 Race Ratings
Cast your eyes over more than 100 first-hand accounts of last year's event and you'll get a real feel of what to expect from start to finish.
- Costume Drama
One for the sunflowers, hot dogs and cartoon characters among you.
- Great North Run Website
The official race website, including more detailed travel information, details about the start and finish area and a guide to the celebrity line-up.
Join The Chat
Need advice? Fancy meeting up with fellow RW members at the start? Pop on to the GNR thread
for a healthy dose of pre-race banter.
Ease any aches and restore tired muscles with our recovery guide
or use your pillow for a gentle stretching routine